Podcast Episode 002: Transformation: Design and Engineering

Transcript:

What is it today? It is Saturday, March 23rd, 1:49 PM. I’m recording through something on my phone plugged into my car. I do have cruise control on, except it’s not set, which means it’s not doing anything. It’s just on, which is … Is that kind of like a metaphor for society right now? Like we really, we have technology that’s got us in cruise, but we don’t trust it because it’s the old technology. So we’re leaving it on, but we’ve got our foot on the gas, and maybe what we really need to do is actually change the technological infrastructure and pick a different system to determine the standards, the baseline measurements or the target measurements. Like all those things have to get measured. Lots of measurement for the transition, because we have to do the transition. We have to do a technological transition. We can’t just let it happen to us. Like we just let it happen to us all the way up until this point, and that’s the wrong thing.

Maybe some of us didn’t know better, and I think people with more privilege whom the technological society was supporting, it’s easy. We forgot. Like we really have forgotten because it hasn’t been in our consciousness how it is to live as if you have to find and prepare your own food every single day, you have to find and store and manage your heating, et cetera. Like it’s not that we necessarily have to go back to being individually responsible for that. We could still do it in groups at the group level, but not at the size of group that it is right now.

At least, maybe the other way to think is a better way to think, that we actually need to make it bigger, but we need to make it bigger based on other terms. So those of us who are entirely dependent on someone else to grow and process and sell us our food, and those of us who require the electrical grid to be operational, to have heat in the New England winter, we’re entirely dependent on the fossil fuel infrastructure. Like we’ve got to understand that that’s where we are locked in. That’s what we have to unlock, and why not make a horizontal slide right over to the next system? But here’s the thing, the next system has to be bigger. It has to encompass more people. So we have to give free power and free infrastructure for the power and the wifi and the access to communication technology. We need to make sure everybody has access to that, and that the security protocols from privacy are strictly enforced, like rigidly enforced, like actually enforced.

I just think it’s possible from an engineering perspective to figure out what needs to get done, and what’s the best way to do it, and places can probably experiment with different strategies, and then we can compare after the fact, or at the one year and the two year and the three, like on an annual basis or every … Whatever. After two years, after five years. It’s like, make sure that it’s a long enough period of time for something significant to have changed to a significant degree. You know, like what does it have to be? More than two and a half standard deviations for it to count as a real thing?

So you define that, and we start doing it, and the industry retools. Businesses make their decision about what their current setup positions them for in terms of retooling to make new products or variations of their old products that fit the requirements from the new system.

That’s got to be enough. Okay. Ah, this is great fun. I look forward to feedback, interaction, although there’s a lot of that happening. Can I just say? There’s a lot of that happening, and it’s something to do with timing and attention as to what I’m working on at any particular moment. Right now, I’m driving and I have to stay focused on driving. It’s a beautiful day though. It’s 39 degrees and partly cloudy, but the sun … there’s blue sky up there, some, and the overcast, gray, cold morning with a bit of snow overnight has dissipated. Definitely has that spring feeling. So we’ll catch up with you next time.

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